November, 2011


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  • A blustery day...

    Most water birds seemed to be tucked up behind the islands today, sheltering from the strong winds, so I was surprised on entering Denge Marsh hide at dusk to see a flock of about 40 coots bobbing up and down just a few yards away.  Three smew, 10 goldeneyes and a kingfisher were seen at the ARC site early in the day.

  • Penduline tit seen again

    We knew it hadn't really gone!  After disappearing for a month the penduline tit was spotted again yesterday, to the left of the Hanson-ARC hide.

    Today's highlights have mostly been provided by waterbirds as would be expected at this time of year.  Three Bewick's swans were on the ARC pit again along with a few goldeneyes.  A bittern and the two great white egrets were also seen at the ARC site and a white-fronted goose was on Denge Marsh.  A short-eared owl was again seen near the access track.

  • Optics demo day

    Our optics demo continues tomorrow so why not come along and have a browse?

    There's still plenty to see around the reserve, with long-tailed duck, smew, great white egret, glossy ibis and bittern all present today.  Passerines were a bit harder to connect with due to the strong wind but a couple of goldcrests were seen in the shelter of the willow trail and tree sparrows continued to flock in good numbers around the feeders at Boulderwall Farm.